How to Style Spring’s Biggest Trends for the Office

We readily admit that unless you work in a fashion office, it can be hard (and sometimes downright impossible) to make spring and summer trends appropriate for your 9-to-5. Flirty short dresses and barely there sandals just don’t translate themselves as seamlessly into corporate life as their counterpart of-the-moment fall and winter pieces do.

That all said—where would we be without embracing a sartorial challenge? As the 15 outfits below attest, there definitely are ways to rock tie-dye or clashing prints in a way that won’t raise the eyebrows of your company’s HR department. We’d suggest taking each of these outfits as a jumping-off point and then amping them up or dialing them back as you feel appropriate for your line of work. After all, a neon tie-dye long sleeve may fly in a creative agency, but we’d suggest going for a subtle button-down version of the trend piece if you work in a more formal environment. So keep reading to discover just how fashion girls are rocking the season’s biggest trends for work and shop our favorite pieces to pick up for an office-wardrobe refresh.

1980s Tailoring

Photo: @honeynsilk

When it comes to incorporating spring trends into your work wardrobe, this is a super-easy place to start. To keep things from looking too power suit-y, go for soft colors and textures.

Tommy x Zendaya Satin Shirt
& Other Stories Linen Blend Pants
Sam Edelman Natalya Mule

Western

Photo: @karenbritchick

Though you may not have a retro Western-inspired suit on hand, this outfit is a good jumping-off point. Pair a cowboy print shirt with a muted green suit for a look that is perfectly ’80s-meets–Wild West (and that is HR approved).

Ganni Printed Poplin Button Down
Mango Modal-Blend Suit Blazer
Mango Straight Trousers

Slip Skirts

Photo: @ada_oguntodu

Tone down a slinky slip skirt’s femininity with a meetings-ready blazer and a boxy graphic tee.

H&M Double-Breasted Jacket
Jacquemus Le Riviera T-Shirt
Leith Bias Cut Midi Skirt
Mango Leather Straps Sandals

Clashing Prints

Photo: @nnennaechem

If you stick to already office-friendly prints like plaids and checks, you can pull off an outfit full of pattern clashing without raising any red flags from HR.

Topshop Gingham Print Blazer
Mango Gingham Print Skirt
Mango Snake-Effect Belt Bag

New Neutrals

Photo: @moderosaofficial

A head-to-toe brown suit doesn’t look so corporate when you go for a fluid silhouette and stompy sneakers (though you can swap in heels if you can’t get away with kicks in your office).

& Other Stories Belted Long Fit Blazer
& Other Stories High Waisted Flared Pants
Calvin Klein Ultra Lace-Up Sneaker
Staud Bisset Bag

Slime Green

Photo: @adelinerapon

Make slime green appropriate for even the most conservative offices by going for a pair of sharp trousers in the bold hue. Add in a classic button-down and some gold earrings, and you’ll be ready for anything your boss throws at you.

Vince Camuto Polka Dot Split Neck Top
Eloquii Kady Fit Double-Weave Pant
Luv Aj Martina Tube Hoop Earrings

White Boots

Photo: @waityouneedthis

White boots are a no-brainer for nearly all spring work outfits. We’re partial to slipping on a pair to ground a floaty wrap dress—and protect you against the office AC.

ASTR the Label Shawna Dress
Zara Leather Boots with Wood-Look Heel
Rebecca Minkoff Megan Shoulder Bag

Hair Clips

Photo: @sorayabakhtiar

Tone down the teenybopper vibes of this season’s chunky hair clip trend by pairing yours with a C-suite-inspired blazer and neural trousers.

Urban Outfitters Perfection Pearl Flip Clip
Mango Structured Linen Jacket
A.P.C. Augusta Pants

Retro Sneakers

Photo: @sharinsoomro

In case you haven’t caught on, nearly any trend can make a great spring office outfit when you throw on a blazer. Retro sneakers are no exception

Standards & Practices Norm Glen Plaid Blazer
Good American Good Straight Twisted Seam
Nike Blazer Mid Rebel Sneaker

Pleated Skirts

Photo: @shionat

This season, the typically sweet pleated midi skirt has gotten an edgy upgrade thanks to electric patterns and animal prints. For a creative office, pair yours with a clashing tie-dye tee, or go for a solid blouse if your office is a little bit more buttoned up.

Allsaints Carme Tie Dye Stripe Tee
Stelen Liliane Pleated Skirt
Rebecca Minkoff Zuria Pointy Toe Pump

Patterned Pants

Photo: @hollyt

This trend is another no-brainer when it comes to spring office outfits. Keep a classic pair of trousers feeling fresh with an oversize check pattern, simple T-shirt, and ladylike bag.

Madewell Northside Vintage Tee
Free People Clean Skies Pants
Jooz by Martha Calvo Squared Up Choker
Kara Pinch Shoulder Bag

Tie-Dye

Photo: @desertmannequin

Tie-dye is easier than you think to rock at the office. Go for a button-down with a more subdued tie-dye pattern (styled under a suit) for a more formal environment, or temper the free-flowing pattern with rigid jeans.

Splendid Cloud Wash Button Down
Story MFG. Shorty Tie Dye Cotton Shirt
J Brand Jules High Waist Ankle Straight Leg Jeans

Split-Hem Trousers

Photo: @lisafolawiyo

Split-hem trousers are an easy way to add a bit of edge to your 9-to-5, and we love how they look when paired with bold florals.

Tularosa Beatrice Blouse
Vince Camuto Ponte Front Slit Ankle Pants
Joie Canilly Mules

Zebra Print

Photo: @tylauren

Though certainly not for wallflowers, there are plenty of HR-approved ways to rock zebra at the office this season. A pretty shirtdress and bold blazer are just two of our faves.

Mango Animal Print Shirt Dress
Frame Zebra Blazer
Nic + Zoe Josie Slingback Pumps

1970s Flair

Photo: @fundachristophersen

Who knew a bit of 70s flair could make a boring polo an epic spring office outfit?

H&M Short Polo Shirt
Mango Belt High-Waist Trousers
Maryam Nassir Zadeh Ira Sandals
Little Liffner Mademoiselle Leather Shoulder Bag

Reference vs photo: whowhatwear.com